Glossary (Version 8.4)

Physical resources, equipment including technologies, and information used to make artworks. For example, paint, digital camera, pencil, drum and/or clarinet.

The individuals or groups for whom media artworks are made and who respond as consumers, citizens and creative individuals. Audiences engage and interact based on expectation and experience.

The individuals, communities and organisations that influence, enable and constrain media production and use. Institutions are framed by the social, historical and cultural context.

Refers to the system of signs or symbols that media artworks use to communicate ideas and stories. The language system is a combination of symbolic codes and the technical form of media arts technologies. The language systems of media artworks use and control technical and symbolic elements to communicate meaning.

The act of representing people, places and times, shared social values and beliefs through images, sounds and text, or a combination of these. The representations are a constructed reality.

The tools and processes which are essential for producing, accessing and distributing media.

The material used in making an artwork.

In Drama, the feeling or tone of both the physical space and the dramatic action created by or emerging from the performance.

In Drama, using facial expression, posture and action expressively in space and time to create roles, situations, relationships, atmosphere and symbols.

In Media Arts, the way the eye discovers images or text; the suggestion of movement through sound.

The accumulation of movement, steps, gestures that make up a repertoire for physical expression of feelings or ideas.

Artworks that incorporate a broad range of media including graphics, text, digital media, audio or video.